Sunday, September 26, 2010

How's Your New School Year Going?

In late August 140 of you shared the new things that you planned to try this year. I'm curious, how are you doing with the new things you're trying this year? Leave a comment and let us all know.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
11 Techy Things for Teachers to Try This Year
How To Do 11 Techy Things In the New School Year
Free 33 Page Guide - Google for Teachers

Deviant Art Muro - A Free Drawing Tool

Deviant Art is known as a huge community of artists who share their work with each other and the world. What you might not know is that Deviant Art has a pretty good online drawing tool called Muro. Muro is a free tool that allows you to create original drawings containing multiple layers, backgrounds, and brush stroke styles. Creating drawings with Muro does not require you to create an account. When your drawing is complete you can export your work to your computer. 

Applications for Education
The best way to avoid any worries of Copyright infringement when students create multimedia projects is to have them create their own original images and sounds. Muro from Deviant Art is one tool that students could use to quickly create their own original drawings. 

Full Video of 1960 Kennedy-Nixon Debate

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the first televised debate between presidential candidates. The debate marked a significant change in the role of television in political campaigns. People watching the debate on television generally believed that Kennedy won while those listening on the radio believed that Nixon had prevailed. The Kennedy Presidential Library has now made the full video of debate available on YouTube. Watch the debate below.

Applications for Education
In the past I've used clips of the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon debate in my US History classes to demonstrate how and why television became important in Presidential campaigns. One way that you could use the video in your classroom is to divide your class and have one group watch the video and another group just listen to the audio. Then bring the students back together and have them decide which candidate did a better job.

For more lesson ideas about the role of media in politics check out The Living Room Candidate.